A UN rapporteur defended today that an urgent dialogue with the United States is necessary. and Iran to ensure that humanitarian exceptions are appropriately applied to the sanctions against Tehran decided by Washington.
"If we do not do something, it would mean that we are condoning collective punishment," said the United Nations rapporteur on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, who recalled that this type of punishment is "illegal" under international law.
Jazairy, at a press conference, stressed his concern that, although most sanctions regimes include humanitarian exceptions, these are usually not effective.
He argued that the international community should urgently address how to ensure the application of these exceptions in the case of Iran to ensure that "the Iranians do not pay for the disagreement between their Government and the Government".
US President Donald Trump decided last May to unilaterally withdraw his country from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and six major powers and re-impose sanctions on Tehran.
In November, the second round of these measures comes into effect, which affects transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and the oil sector, vital for the country's economy.
Jazairy denounced that in most cases sanctions of this type end up punishing the population that their promoters say they want to defend against the regimes of their countries.
Among other examples, he pointed out the cases of Venezuela, Gaza or Syria.
In addition, the Algerian diplomat warned that unilateral sanctions are increasingly becoming "blockades", which seek to prevent the State in question from trading or maintaining relations with the rest of the international community.
Asked about the US embargo on Cuba, Jazairy said it was "unfortunate" that the Trump Administration decided to depart from the line defended by the previous president, Barack Obama, who supported his uprising.